Nagra was kicked off a soccer team for anger issues, only to be discovered by boxing coach Frank Donovan played by Rourke. Through that partnership, Nagra goes on to become a US Olympic hopeful boxer.
Nagra came to Canada from India when he was an infant. He was an excellent athlete but his boxing career was cut short because Canadian Amateur Boxing Association had barred him from fighting for refusing to shave his beard.
According to international amateur boxing rules, beards are a safety hazard in the ring. The boxing champion fought for the right to compete without having to shave his beard -- a mandatory article of his Sikh faith. In 2000, he won an important decision for all Canadians and fought at the national championships with his beard intact.